Job Summary: Responsible for expanding the scientific scope and productivity of the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden. Under the direction of the Director of Conservation and Science, the postdoctoral fellow will conduct zoo and/or field-based research in one or more of the following areas: animal welfare, behavioral ecology, comparative cognition, personality, or communication. The position will assist with visitor studies and education program evaluation, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and serve the Zoo’s Scientific Review and Animal Welfare Committees. This position interacts with the public and enhances visitor experiences and performs a variety of skilled/semi-skilled work required for the care and safety of animals, staff, and the public.
Essential Job Functions
An employee in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the following essential duties:
• Conduct independent research on animals in the Zoo’s care and/or in a field setting in one or more of the following areas: animal welfare, behavioral ecology, comparative cognition, personality, or communication
• Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals
• Assist with statistical analysis and manuscript preparation for existing datasets
• Communicate research results in staff seminars, scientific journals, conference presentations, and popular publications
• Write grants to support research program
• Mentor undergraduate and graduate students and zoo staff on research design, methodology, and data analysis
• Support the Zoo’s mission of education through teaching in formal and informal settings
• Serve on the Zoo’s Animal Welfare and Scientific Review Committees
• Assist with the Scientific Review Committee’s research application process and recordkeeping
• Assist with evaluation of the Zoo’s Education programs, including developing participant surveys and analyzing and presenting results
• Assist with visitor studies, including developing guest surveys and analyzing and presenting results
• Participate in public relations activities
• Interact with Zoo guests and enhance the guest experience
• Collaborate with other Zoo departments
Non- Essential Job Functions
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience Required: Strong multivariate statistical analysis and grant writing skills.
Minimum Education Requirements: Ph.D. in Biology, Psychology, Anthropology, Behavioral Ecology, Comparative Cognition or related field.
Other: This position is safety sensitive. It is subject to pre-employment and/or periodic background checks and drug testing. This position works around animals susceptible to specific respiratory diseases, thus is subject to annual tuberculosis testing and must vaccinate against Covid19.
First consideration given to applications received by March 25, 2022